YOUTHCARE

Rating: 4.98 stars   59 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 2500 NE 54th Street Seattle WA 98105 USA

Mission: YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.
Target demographics: Homeless youth 12-24 years old.
Geographic areas served: Seattle
Programs: Engage - our drop-in center and street outreach team help homeless young people meet their basic needs and connect to services, including case management and emergency shelter. Stabilize - We operate five transitional housing programs designed to give young people a safe place to work towards the next steps in their life, including education and employment. Prepare - our employment training programs help young people gain skills and confidence while learning how to write a resume, interview with employers, and maintain paid employment. Young people can complete their GED or enroll in high school with us. Once they've completed their secondary education, we work with them to apply to college.
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EIN 91-0917079
(206) 694-4500
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Homeless and at risk youth have a unique set of needs and vulnerabilities. Youthcare provides various tiers of service to help this population, which is sizable in Seattle. Having an organization for youth specifically is important, as older homeless populations face a different set of problems and youth are also sometimes very wary of adults due to their life experiences. I have volunteered at Orion Center several times and it has always been a great experience. It serves as a one-stop shop for youth: five days a week it provides 3 meals a day, laundry service, a rec room, counseling, schooling, job training and much more. It recently has opened a shelter for youth with a few beds. I like that it helps from the most basic level (food, clothing, shelter) all the way to social services that get kids off the streets for those that are ready.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with YouthCare thinking that I could make a difference in a simple and practical way in their Orion shelter for homeless young adults. Expectations fully met. But it was through volunteering with the organization and learning more and more about their programs and holistic approach to youth homeless that is super impressive. Yes - immediate needs are met (meals, shelter, etc.) But more than only this, YouthCare provides skills training programs (only in Seattle would we have a barista training program in partnership with Starbucks!), bike repair, computer hardware, GED, etc. A super impressive organization and dedicated staff. Although my schedule has changed and I can no longer physically volunteer, I've shifted my focus to supporting them financially and spreading the word. Keep up the great work!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My co-workers and I volunteered to serve lunch at YouthCare. It was a great experience! YouthCare is filling such a vital need in our community and meets youth where they're at. I'm looking forward to volunteering again and would encourage anyone who wants to be inspired to lend a hand at YouthCare.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

What an honor and pleasure it has always been to volunteer with the clients and staff at YouthCare! The youth being helped by this organization give back as much if not more than they get. Can't say enough about how much I respect what this organization is doing and how confident I am that any time and moeny I can give them is always well invested.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with Youthcare for almost two years. Their organization is doing such a great job with the homeless youth in Seattle. They meet these kids where they are at and show them things can change. They involve the local community business and churches to connect with these kids. I really feel like my time volunteering made a difference in my community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As one who received services from YouthCare years ago, I will speak for this organization. The services provided to youth by YouthCare are life-changing. The atmosphere in any of their buildings was pure acceptance and love. There is a constant drive to not just provide for the most basic of needs. Young people who reach for assistance will find, in addition to the necessities, the tools that are needed to be both successful and happy in life. They will find a group of people who genuinely care about the struggles faced by children, teens, and young adults and are actually able to help you pick yourself up from the bottom.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1999

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Rating: 5 stars  

YouthCare works well with the issues of challenged youth on so many levels. I volunteer as a GED tutor. These kids have daunting obstacles but they are working hard to improve their lives. I started last January 2012 and tutor once a week for two hours. It has been fabulous to see several of the kids that I have tutored plus many others succeed and get their GED's (high school equivalency). This success plus counseling and other programs offered really make a difference in these young adults lives.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I think that Youth Care is the best non-profit organization out there that provides a critical transition path/opportunity to youth and young adults that are at extreme risk. They do not give hand-outs, instead they give their clients the opportunity/skills to make them self sufficient. There are a ton of different ways that these kids can learn these life long skills through the various programs that they offer. They have excellent staff that supports its volunteers with many ways to contribute and the organization uses the funds wisely and does not send me wasted mailings (I am also a financial contributor as well). I am thankful that YouthCare is out there to take care of our kids.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Recently moved to Seattle. Walking by the Orion Center on Denny & Stewart caught my attention "What is that big Green Building" Well I soon found out. Volunteering in helping prepare meals lead me to working with staff who give 110%, dedicated in providing a human connection with individuals who for one reason or another have found themselves on the streets. I also attended an Open House where various YouthCare staff spoke to their roles and the many other programs, be it a GED, General Education classes or Vocational Training. A place where individuals who need a supportive community get a chance at redirecting their life onto a positive road.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is an amazing agency focused on getting their young people the skills they need to launch themselves in a new direction. It has been gratifying to work with these kids as a tutor, and watch as their confidence grows, their sense of identity evolves, and they feel more hopeful about their futures. Hats off to the dedicated staff who has created a welcoming, and nurturing environment that provides concrete help as well as that less tangible.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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